Ever notice how life tends to hit us with problems most often at very inconvenient times? Probably a rhetorical question right? We have bills to pay, jobs or possibly no job, house work, health issues just to name a few challenges we face. So, what makes life so worthwhile?
Perspective can make life worthwhile. One person’s problem may be another person’s solution. Life often starts out as an amazing experience. As we get older life becomes less amazing and more difficult. So, what happens to us as we get older?
Unfortunately everyone grows old. On the positive side age brings experience and can bring with it better understanding. There is a spark that if not nurtured will dim over time. It seems we can either look at life in terms of problems or opportunities. There will always be numerous things we have to face in our lives. However, that spark we nurture, our attitude is what makes life exciting, makes life an adventure
Paul’s story, his ability to face life with enthusiasm and joy despite his circumstances is a great example of adventure being an attitude.
“I will say it again. Don’t let anyone think I’m a fool. But if you do, put up with me just as you would put up with a fool. Then I can do a little bragging. When I brag about myself like this, I’m not talking the way the Lord would. I’m talking like a fool. Many are bragging the way the people of the world do. So I will brag like that too. You are so wise! You gladly put up with fools! In fact, you even put up with anyone who makes you a slave or uses you. You put up with those who take advantage of you. You put up with those who claim to be better than you. You put up with those who slap you in the face. I’m ashamed to have to say that I was too weak for that! Whatever anyone else dares to brag about, I also dare to brag about. I’m speaking like a fool! Are they Hebrews? So am I. Do they belong to the people of Israel? So do I. Are they Abraham’s children? So am I. Are they serving Christ? I am serving him even more. I’m out of my mind to talk like this! I have worked much harder. I have been in prison more often. I have suffered terrible beatings. Again and again I almost died. Five times the Jews gave me 39 strokes with a whip. Three times I was beaten with sticks. Once they tried to kill me by throwing stones at me. Three times I was shipwrecked. I spent a night and a day in the open sea. I have had to keep on the move. I have been in danger from rivers. I have been in danger from robbers. I have been in danger from my fellow Jews and in danger from Gentiles. I have been in danger in the city, in the country, and at sea. I have been in danger from people who pretended they were believers. I have worked very hard. Often I have gone without sleep. I have been hungry and thirsty. Often I have gone without food. I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, every day I am concerned about all the churches. It is a very heavy load. If anyone is weak, I feel weak. If anyone is led into sin, I burn on the inside.” 2 Corinthians 11:16-29 NIRV
“Always be joyful because you belong to the Lord. I will say it again. Be joyful! Let everyone know how gentle you are. The Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to him. Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and your minds. He will do this because you belong to Christ Jesus. God’s peace can never be completely understood.” Philippians 4:4-7 NIRV
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Helen Keller
They who navigate little streams and shallow creeks, know but little of the God of tempests; but they who “Do business in great waters,” these see his “wonders in the deep.” Charles H. Spurgeon
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love. Sir Francis Drake